Amerisafe Group is providing various topics chosen by The National Safety Council to focus on throughout the month. This post is on Mental Health Awareness in the workplace, including identifying severe stress symptoms, tips for coping with stress, and managing workplace fatigue.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has left the entire global population in a stressful period of uncertainty. Coping with stress may be challenging as we adjust to new opening procedures. Below you will find useful ways to cope with stress and mental health for yourself and those you keep safe.
It is important to recognize the symptoms that encompass what causes "stress." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of Severe Stress include:
People who may respond more strongly to stress might include older people and people with Chronic health conditions, children and teens, frontline medical services such as doctors, nurses, and first responders.
Here are a few tips to help you manage how you handle stress you may be experiencing:
Long work hours combined with stress and a physically demanding job can lead to poor sleep and fatigue of a worker. Fatigue can lead to an increase in workplace related injuries, and a decline in a worker's general health leaving them more prone to infections, illness, and mental illnesses.
Steps Employers Should Take to Reduce Workplace Fatigue for Workers: